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Vavi’s dilemma: to campaign or not to campaign

3 hour(s) ago

Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi appears beholden to those who returned him to his post, writes Natasha Marrian

SA’s economic wellbeing closely linked to China’s

3 hour(s) ago

Chinese slowdown will hurt South Africa’s current account, writes Bronwyn Nortje

Outcomes matter in protecting tax legitimacy

Itumeleng Mahabane promo
3 hour(s) ago

Revenue mobilisation and tax legitimacy are a complex form of game theory, writes Itumeleng Mahabane

TWEET OF THE WEEK: Fikile Mbalula, again

3 hour(s) ago

The ANC does not have the faintest sense of direction or purpose, and Mbalula epitomises the problem, writes Gareth van Onselen

Has the ANC a Zulu on every second stoep?

Anthony Butler promo
3 hour(s) ago

There is a striking regularity in the apportionment of candidate slots to aspiring MPs whose first language is isiZulu, writes Anthony Butler

THE INSIDER: Electoral Commission sticks to letter of law

3 hour(s) ago

Political parties that wish to register with the Electoral Commission of South Africa are not allowed to invent absurdly long name

WINE: Sticking to the plan

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 hour(s) ago

When it comes to developing a wine property, it’s not always easy to stick to your original vision, writes Michael Fridjhon

Pistorius’s trial tells us a lot about our society

1 day(s) ago

The unfolding Oscar Pistorius saga is a story of masculinity and muscularity that is truly South African, writes Anton Harber


Previous columns


Post-94 state’s performance has been laudable

Pallo Jordan promo
1 day(s) ago

Twenty years of democracy have brought about impressive changes, writes Z Pallo Jordan

Thoughts from the 2014 election trail

1 day(s) ago

From admiration for Malema’s ‘breaking things’ to assurances of Agang’s third-place finish in the poll, politicians are making sure they remain heard, writes Gareth van Onselen

‘Yellen effect’ still holding for emerging markets

1 day(s) ago

‘Yellen effect’ still making investors happy enough to continue holding emerging-market assets, writes Ntsakisi Maswanganyi

Election predictions do not stand up to scrutiny

Steven Friedman
2 day(s) ago

We can use what information we have and some common sense to get an idea of how the elections are likely to turn out, writes Steven Friedman

Political wake-up call cannot be tainted by emotionalism

Allister Sparks promo
2 day(s) ago

In its passionate enthusiasm for asserting its newfound strength, Amcu leaders seem not to notice the adverse effects of its ascendancy, writes Allister Sparks

SA snaps out of tech wilderness with home-grown innovations

Kevin O'Grady promo
2 day(s) ago

It feels as if there’s a sudden flurry of hi-tech innovation happening around here — after years of languishing in the technological wilderness, writes Kevin O’Grady

Obama’s Asia policy is distracted and ambiguous

Gideon Rachman promo
2 day(s) ago

For long-term economic and strategic reasons, it makes sense for the US to spend more time strengthening its position in Asia, writes Gideon Rachman

‘Unluckiest man’ Modise a strong contender for top PSL award

Mninawa Ntloko promo
2 day(s) ago

At the rate Teko Modise is going, he could make his own luck and win both the league and the player of the season award, writes Mninawa Ntloko

Mpumalanga village points way for land reform in SA

Leon Louw promo
2 day(s) ago

Sleepy village in Mpumalanga a model of real land reform that should be emulated countrywide, writes Leon Louw

MEMOS FROM LUTHULI HOUSE: The final rally

2 day(s) ago

Gareth van Onselen describes what a memo from Luthuli House to all branch heads on the party’s Siyanqoba Rally on May 4 would look like

Mmusi Maimane: the Hollow Man

3 day(s) ago

There are only so many losses an individual political brand can withstand before losing becomes an idea permanently associated with the protagonist, writes Gareth van Onselen

ON THE MONEY: Social grants system in for shake-up

Stuart Theobald promo
3 day(s) ago

Surprising judgment has potentially changed the game for the distribution of social grants in South Africa, writes Stuart Theobald

THE INSIDER: SA could prove a once in a lifetime destination

Muizenberg beach in Cape Town.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
3 day(s) ago

The Insider hopes the unfortunate three-quarter tourist who might have been slain in December made it safely back home in one piece

THIS IS THE BUSINESS: Cuban medicine not a tonic for SA

Stephen Mulholland promo
4 day(s) ago

Cuba, at first blush, would seem to be an unlikely venue to which one would voluntarily go to learn how to practise modern medicine, writes Stephen Mulholland

THE LAST WORD: Farewell to crony capitalist Kerzner

4 day(s) ago

Good riddance to a man who pioneered a particularly noxious brand of South African crony capitalism, writes Rob Rose

Withholding votes will aid a bankrupt opposition

Pallo Jordan promo
8 day(s) ago

Only the really naive would argue that one supports a political party only if it has a spotless record, writes Z Pallo Jordan

Zuma may be remembered for plans, but no action

8 day(s) ago

If SA isn’t building the infrastructure it needs for economic growth, that’s certainly not for a lack of plans, committees, structures and spreadsheets, writes Hilary Joffe

SA needs to make up for slow start to year

8 day(s) ago

The second half of the year looks likely to be better as global economic growth gains momentum, writes Ntsakisi Maswanganyi

Railways giving women a chance in business

Thami Mazwai promo
9 day(s) ago

Five years from today we will see more women participating in the rail industry value chain on the basis of their competence, writes Thami Mazwai

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: New C-Class is regulation-proof

BEYOND REQUIREMENTS: Mercedes’s safety and fuel standards do more than the Eurocrats insist on.
9 day(s) ago

Mercedes shows it is possible to stay ahead of government ministers and their predilection for creating laws, writes Alexander Parker

Eat water rather than fizzy words

Penny Haw promo
9 day(s) ago

A group of students from the UK have developed a spherical membrane that they propose could replace plastic water bottles, writes Penny Haw

Neononsense from critics of liberalism nothing new

Leon Louw promo
9 day(s) ago

The degree to which the bastardisation of language serves ideological ends creates the illusion of a global conspiracy against language and liberty, writes Leon Louw

Mayambela’s transformation confounds sceptics in SA

Mninawa Ntloko promo
9 day(s) ago

Cynical snickers almost inevitable after it became public knowledge that SA football reject Mark Mayambela was desperately trying to facilitate a move to Sweden, writes Mninawa Ntloko

JAZZ: The Crypt and The Orbit

Gwen Ansell promo
9 day(s) ago

With April marking the first year of existence for The Crypt and the first month for Orbit, it is a good time to reflect on how both venues are faring, writes Gwen Ansell

THE INSIDER: Dlamini’s version of truth may not be crowd pleaser

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
9 day(s) ago

With Cosatu president right behind Zuma’s behind, he may one day implore people to pray for Zuma

Publicising penalty options might restrain Russians

Gideon Rachman promo
9 day(s) ago

As the situation in eastern Ukraine gets ever more volatile, the West is still trying to figure out what to do, writes Gideon Rachman

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: Fishing quotas cannot be used as welfare

10 day(s) ago

There is a real danger of long-term damage being done to the sustainability of the line-fish industry, writes Dave Marrs

THE INSIDER: Minister’s clarion call for born-again road users

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
10 day(s) ago

Transport minister says road-safety campaign ‘resonates with the teachings bequeathed to us by our faith in Christ’

THE INSIDER: Samwu is sticking to cheque-book politics

Municipal workers fix potholes in Zola, Soweto, in this picture taken in February 2013. The Financial and Fiscal Commission says there is lack of investment by local government in the maintenance of roads and sewerage infrastructure.  Picture: SOWETAN
1 day(s) ago

While Samwu in the Eastern Cape still writes out cheques it is not prepared to give a blank one to the ANC ahead of the elections next month

Raging debate over inequality has resonance for SA

1 day(s) ago

The inequality debate is another of those post-crisis re-evaluations of old economic theories in an attempt to forge new diagnoses for a post-crisis world, writes Hilary Joffe

Financial service BEE investors take long-term view

2 day(s) ago

As BEE deals mature, black-owned companies are adopting long-term approach to financial services investments, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Lexus offers necessary balance

The Lexus ES 300 Hybrid.
2 day(s) ago

In our attempt to redress past injustices, we have to look at our history holistically and honestly, writes Alexander Parker

Eskom, please save us

2 day(s) ago

The Oscar Pistorius case has exposed us to a white middle-class parallel universe defined by isolated, laager living and racism masquerading as rational fear, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

THE INSIDER: Risky driving refuses to die on South Africa’s roads

2 day(s) ago

Things such as drinking and driving, texting while driving, phoning while driving, speeding, and ignoring road signs ought to be dead forever

Moyes sacking caps a Premiership season like no other

2 day(s) ago

Seeing the back of the Manchester United manager will be a sad occasion — for opposition fans, writes Sipho Hlongwane

‘Kill switch’ will save cellphones

Picture: THINKSTOCK
2 day(s) ago

A ‘kill switch’ for phones designed to protect personal information will become standard as of 2015, writes Penny Haw

How inequality and not poverty seems to threaten our social fabric

Peter Bruce promo
3 day(s) ago

Inequality puts me and my family at risk, writes Peter Bruce

Magical realism lives on in tales of the election

Tony Leon promo
3 day(s) ago

Shrugging off Nkandla and … often indifferent delivery … the voters apparently intend to keep faith with the ANC, writes Tony Leon

Facts are stubborn and history will not be kind

Palesa Morudu promo
3 day(s) ago

Those individuals inside the ANC who have had the courage to denounce Nkandla and all it represents deserve recognition, writes Palesa Morudu

IN THE MARKETS: Little damage will be done even as rates set to rise

3 day(s) ago

Higher rates usually imply rising yields on bonds, but US Treasuries have firmed of late, meaning prices are rising, writes Maarten Mittner

Domingo needs to admit mistakes and find new way

Proteas coach Russell Domingo. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
3 day(s) ago

Like all ambitious and committed coaches, Russell Domingo rarely misses an opportunity to learn something new, writes Neil Manthorp

Taking social media beyond the message

4 day(s) ago

A challenger has dominant social media groups in its sights, writes Arthur Goldstuck

Cell price war's first victim won't be last

4 day(s) ago

Before the status quo was upended the industry prospered, allowing the operators to stuff their distribution channels with incentives, writes Duncan McLeod

SABC shows ANC colours in run-up to elections

8 day(s) ago

One would expect a public broadcaster to bend over backwards to show its neutrality at a time such as this, writes Anton Harber

The 2014 election in 35 quotes

8 day(s) ago

Gareth van Onselen presents a series of quotes that speak to the overarching narrative that has defined the official election period

THE INSIDER: Soccer business course offers coaches leg up

8 day(s) ago

Soccer managers with an eye on coaching Bafana Bafana may want to strengthen their credentials

Taking social media beyond the message

4 day(s) ago

A challenger has dominant social media groups in its sights, writes Arthur Goldstuck

TECHNO FILE: Samsung’s Galaxy S5 deserves to get credit from iPhone snobs

Kevin O'Grady promo
9 day(s) ago

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is an excellent smartphone, packed with enough hi-tech wizardry to make one salivate, writes Kevin O’Grady

Africa beckons as Investec exits Australian scene

9 day(s) ago

Phakamisa Ndzamela: Investec has quit the banking scene in Australia. So what was a zebra doing in Australia in the first place?

Spoilt votes are blunt instrument of democracy

9 day(s) ago

Spoilt votes are a valid democratic option that do not do enough to make voices heard but blunt instrument is better than none at all, writes Steven Friedman

The DA and Mbeki: you be the judge

10 day(s) ago

Gareth van Onselen: Has the DA fairly portrayed Mbeki and his legacy? Or has it disingenuously painted a one-sided picture of the man?

SA needs to focus on purpose of its growth

10 day(s) ago

Rather than obsessing about being dethroned from first position in Africa, SA can reconsider the purpose of its growth, writes Zama Ndlovu

The poster boys of solar-geyser tenders

10 day(s) ago

Simon Lincoln Reader: Is this joint venture a worthy recipient of a tender worth nearly R500m?

Cutifani being diplomatic about Rustenburg mines

10 day(s) ago

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani is clutching at straws with his comments on operations in Rustenburg, writes Bronwyn Nortje

ANC fights on against its worst enemy: business

Tony Leon promo
10 day(s) ago

The acquiescence of the National Planning Commission as its plan dies a slow death is strange, writes Tony Leon

Cricket SA must be patient as disaffected seek to undo ICC coup

Picture: THINKSTOCK
10 day(s) ago

Seven of the 10 Test-playing nations, the most senior of which is SA, have been bullied into a corner by India, aided and abetted by England and Australia, writes Neil Manthorp

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